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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Mr GREENE (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Did I understand the Minister to say that the North Australia Commission was returning to Canberra towards the end of the year, and that until then the Government would not be in a position to announce its policy for the development of North and Central Australia?

Senator Sir William Glasgow - It is impossible for the commission to do any inspection work during the wet season, and during that period it will bo able to frame its proposals.

Mr GREENE (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It seems perfectly reasonable that the commission should do its inspection work during that period of the year when it is possible to travel through North Australia, and in the wet season, consult with the Government as to the general policy of development. I recognize that the commission has not had much time up to the present to determine what are the best lines of development to recommend; but I happen to know that certain work is being undertaken, with, I presume, the knowledge of the Cabinet. I refer to certain railway surveys, which I believe have -been undertaken at the instigation of the commission.

Senator Sir William Glasgow - That is so.

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